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Few prewar card issues epitomize the term "scarce and desirable" the way the 1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bat cards do.  Issued between 1886 and 1887, the "K-Bats" are CDV-sized photographic cards mounted on heavy cardboard.  While some have advertising printed on the back, this particular card is of the blank-backed variety.

Tough 19th Century cards are often the passion of advanced, long-time collectors that prefer their cards ungraded in their collection.  However, we acknowledge that grading company population reports, while never accurate enough with issues like this to be the "bible," are an excellent barometer of relative scarcity.  As such, we'll report that between PSA and SGC, only 201 K-Bats have been graded in total, with Mulvey represented by a total of 10 different graded examples.

Of the graded examples of the Mulvey, only two of the 10 cards has graded higher - an SGC 5 and a PSA 5 (the only Mulvey graded by PSA).  This particular Mulvey is the second highest-graded example encapsulated by SGC, although there are two others at this level as well.

The scarcity of Kalamazoo Bats cards, coupled with their desirability among advanced collectors, means that they don't trade hands very often.  Assembling a complete set is merely impossible, with just one registered set between the PSA and SGC registries combined (an SGC-registered set that is just 51% complete).  As such, even lower grade examples routinely sell for several thousand dollars.

Beyond all those stats, though, this is just a beautiful, beautiful card.  The image, as you can see, is a crisp, clean photograph of the Philadelphia third baseman, posed in his defensive position, glove on hand, as if awaiting a ground ball.  The photograph itself is in fantastic shape, with a hint of staining on the image adjacent to Mulvey's right shoulder.  The cardboard mount is clean, and the blank back is undamaged.

We're proud and excited to offer such an outstanding piece of baseball history in our inaugural auction.

Population Data:
SGC Population: 9 total graded, 3 at this level, 1 higher
PSA Population: 1 total graded, none at this level, 1 higher
1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats Joseph Mulvey - SGC VG/EX 501887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats Joseph Mulvey - SGC VG/EX 50
1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats Joseph Mulvey - SGC VG/EX 50
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $4,130
Number Bids: 18
Auction closed on Saturday, October 27, 2012.
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